Mapei adhesive and grout products have been specified for the installation of a stone pattern in the reception and washroom areas in a refurbishment to the Freemasons’ Hall, London.
The Hall first opened in 1933 as a memorial to the 3,255 Freemasons who died during active service in the First World War, and has been used for events, the meeting place for the Grand Lodge, and annual meetings of the home counties since.
Avantgarde Tiling was awarded the contract to design, supply and install a new stone pattern to the reception floor area and to install large format porcelain tiles and feature walls (including stone vanity and credenza tops) to the washroom area. Mapei products were specified to complete the tiling projects, and included the popular Limestone Ultracolor Plus grout (shade reference 299) which was applied to 70m2 of tiling within the reception area of the building. Kerapoxy white was applied to 94m2 of washroom tiles, ensuring that a stain resistant approach was installed in areas subject to heavy traffic.
The Grade II* listed building is reputed to be one of the finest Art Deco buildings in England and as such due to its popularity was in constant use throughout the renovation work. The reception area was completed over two weekends of work, first requiring a quick setting screed for the installation of substrate. Mapei’s Ultraplan Renovation Screed 3240 was specified for its quick setting properties, allowing Avantgarde Tiling Ltd. to install a temporary carpet over the substrate so that the venue could be used without any constraints.
The following weekend, the installation of the new stone floor was carried out entirely using Mapei’s Ecoprim T, Adesilex P10 for mosaics, Elastorapid Grey A for fast track floors and Keraflex Grey Maxi for the large format walls. These Mapei products were used due to their suitability for the listed interior of the building.